Jada Pinkett Smith Confronts Snoop Dogg About Calling Out Gayle King
Rapper Snoop Dogg is taking a seat with Red Table Talk's Jada Pinkett Smith to discuss him calling out -- and subsequently apologising -- to Gayle King over comments she made about Kobe Bryant's rape trial.
The controversy began when Snoop Dogg criticised Gayle King in an Instagram video for asking basketball player Lisa Leslie whether Kobe Bryant had a "complicated" legacy due to sexual assault accusations from several years ago.
"Gayle King," he said, shaking his head in the video. "Out of pocket for that s--t. Way out of pocket. What do you gain from that? I swear to God, we're the worst. We're the f--king worst. We expect more from you, Gayle. Don't you hang out with Oprah [Winfrey]? Why ya'll attacking us? We your people. You ain't coming after f--king [producer] Harvey Weinstein, asking them dumbass questions. I get sick of ya'll."
The rapper quickly received major backlash to his comments, and he later apologised to King, saying:
"Gayle King, I publicly tore you down by coming at you in a derogatory manner based off of emotions...me being angry at questions that you asked. Umm, overreacted. Should have handled it way different than that. So I would like to apologize to you publicly for the language that I used and calling you out of your name and just being disrespectful," he stated.
"I didn't mean for it to be like that. I was just expressing myself for a friend that wasn't here to defend himself."
In a preview for Thursday's episode of Red Table Talk, Jada, Snoop, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Jones are seen openly discussing their reactions to his comments, with Jada explaining to the rapper:
“When you first came out and you said what you said in regards to Gayle, my heart dropped. I felt like not only were you talking to Gayle, but you were talking to me,” she said.
She then said she felt as if the comments had taken away power from herself, daughter Willow, and mother Adrienne.
“I was like, ‘Not Snoop,’ ” Jada added, as Snoop shook his head in disappointment over his actions.
“And so that’s one of the reasons why I felt like I really wanted to have this conversation with you in the spirit of healing,” she said.
King has since accepted the rapper's apology, saying she understood “the raw emotions caused by this tragic loss.”
“As a journalist, it is sometimes challenging to balance doing my job with the emotions and feelings during difficult times,” she said in a statement to the Associated Press. “I don’t always get it perfect but I’m constantly striving to do it with compassion and integrity.”
Snoop Dogg will appear on Red Table Talk on Feb. 26 on Facebook Watch.
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